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Writing Center: APA Style
A guide to information to help you research and write more effectively.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by American Psychological Association
Publication Date: 2019-10-01
Video on Formatting a Paper with APA, 7th Edition
APA Style Guide
What is APA Style?
When documenting sources, writers of research papers use a particular citation style. APA (American Psychological Association) Style is generally used for disciplines such as Psychology, Sociology, Education, Nursing, Communication, and other social sciences.
Sources not only provide information and ideas but can help establish your credibility and strengthen your argument when used as “expert witnesses.” You should cite your sources to allow your readers to track down those sources and to avoid plagiarizing words and ideas, a serious academic offense. This quick guide consists three parts: a) A Checklist for Working with Sources; b) For APA-Style In-text Citations; c) For an APA Reference page. For additional examples and advice, consult the Publication of Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (2010).